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09-10-2009, 08:09 AM
AMD is looking to expand your horizons with its Eyefinity technology, allowing you to run up to six monitors in HD from a single graphics card and TechRadar has had the chance to play with the latest in graphics tech.

Although you'll have to wait and see how ATI is bringing the technology to our homes, Eyefinity is close to release and looking rather stunning.

Essentially, the technology allows you to run multiple monitors in high definition from your graphics card and TechRadar was at the top-secret launch event to test out whether it's merely a gimmick, or if it's really a game changer for the company.

Although it is working hard on getting partners to provide the kind of monitor hardware necessary for the practical necessities of sticking six monitors together, AMD seems aware that the majority of us will not be forking out for a half dozen panels just yet.

But, as we flew an aeroplane through stunning vistas (not the OS) with our peripheral vision taken up with screen and not wall, we have to confess that the high definition multiple monitors were certainly helping us feel more involved in things.

Even with the rather sexy specially supplied Samsung monitors that sported much thinner bezels, the black lines were, of course, noticeable, but it was amazing just how quickly your eyes start discounting the edges of the screens.

The power of the technology that supplied Eyefinity was clear this was a meaty rig indeed to provide stutter-free six monitor action (6 x 2,560x1,600 resolution, in fact) but it wasn't so pricey that it would be beyond the means of an enthusiast gamer.

Stick six 23-inch monitors in the mix, however, and you'd be looking for seriously deep pockets.

Still, as a concept, it was pretty damn cool, and we bore that in mind when we moved over to a more feasible three monitor setup which will be available earlier than the six-screen behemoth.

ATI infinity

Now we should point out that multiple monitors are nothing new, but in gaming terms getting a stable gaming experience while using the setup has been problematic.

Eyefinity (and the surrounding tech) changes that, and in spectacular style.

On the three monitors, the gaming experience was, in all honesty, not significantly worse than the six monitor set-up and less likely to be pie in the sky for Mr average income.

Your peripheral vision extends far wider than it does vertically and with the focus on the middle monitor, the side monitors gloriously plied our eyes with extra information without detracting from the gameplay.

The game being featured on this rig was Left4Dead, and it was certainly an advantage to be able to sense further around ourselves. It literally expanded our horizons in terms of gameplay and, as a nice little added bonus it made it much nicer to spectate.

Apparently many games are perfectly capable of taking advantage of the ridiculously large field of vision, because they take their maximum resolutions from what the graphics card tells them.

Because EyeFinity allows you to essentially treat the entire surface of your monitors as a single resolution, you simply choose what you are offered and the game adapts giving you glorious action.

AMD was at pains to point out that this isn't applicable to all games, but an extensive list was shown including major first person shooters like Half Life 2, Crysis, and Far Cry 2, real-time strategy games, flight sims and so on that could run well on EyeFinity setups.

Of course, multiple monitors have uses outside of gaming and EyeFinity allows you to set up the monitors in multiple configurations with some portrait and other landscape, in an inverted 'T' with four monitors or in an 'L' shape for instance.

This, of course, boosts productivity and, for people who need multiple programmes running at the same time (AMD's example was city traders), and have the computers that can cope, this will prove to be a major boon.

We also asked AMD if the EyeFinity tech could cope with monitors with different resolutions and sizes, and received an affirmative which means that you could begin to add monitors as and when you like, including re-using old ones.

Plus you can clone and span monitors to your heart's content, or even group screens together.

It's pretty damn cool, especially considering that it is close to a public release, and, although you might not be forking out for a six screen setup straight away, we can see the three monitor configuration gaining some traction.


Ok, the article disappeared but I found a full quote, which I edited in above...

09-10-2009, 08:17 AM
Whoah. I would like to see what Il2 looks like on that thing, but rather than have them in a flat type display, I would like to see some wrap around.
One question I have is regarding the layout of the monitors. Can you choose your own layout, or are you confined to 2 high and 3 wide?

09-10-2009, 08:33 AM
Well, the article just disappeared off the site, no idea why. Anyway, they did say that it is completely configurable, multiple screen layouts (L and T shapes if you want them), any number up to six monitors, you could section off multiple screens in the setup (i.e. 4 monitors is one screen, two are another), it sounds really cool.

09-10-2009, 10:37 AM
I'd rather have this:




09-10-2009, 10:49 AM
Actually, the resolution on that screen is not great, 2880x900, it's huge (depth wise, it's a projection screen and is several inches thick), and costs WAY too much ($8,000!), you would be able to get three or more lcd monitors with a higher total resolution for the same money.

09-10-2009, 11:02 AM
Those unsightly black borders around every screen makes it look cheap and makeshift.

09-10-2009, 05:34 PM
Check this article for a few more pics. Including a 24 http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif screen setup

http://www.hardocp.com/article...eyefinity_technology (http://www.hardocp.com/article/2009/09/09/amd_next_generation_ati_radeon_eyefinity_technolog y)

09-11-2009, 01:13 AM
Seems like a good step forward to be able to implent this in the GPU instead of extra hardware or software with 2 input ports needed.

I have always been a big advocate for widening up your sight with bigger monitor and wider FOV. And for $300 you could have 3 of these hooked up:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/...Item=N82E16824254025 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824254025)

A single one would be pretty small by todays standards, but 3 of them together angled on each side for a nice FOV would probably be pretty cost effective.

Though I must say, I have no idea what the point is of using monitors linked together to play WoW or SF4 etc, that are in that last links screenshot.. There isn't much point over this setup over a big screen tv if you arent wrapping it around your face using it for perephrial vision. Unless you are sitting 3 inches away, you wont notice the resolution difference between 6 of those and a 1080p LCD tv.

I plan to hook up my computer for gaming sometime soon, to my new 52" lcd tv and try sitting close to it with a wider FOV, though I think a 3 monitor setup would work better, 6 I think is overkill atm.

09-14-2009, 03:01 PM
Originally posted by Choctaw111:
Whoah. I would like to see what Il2 looks like on that thing, but rather than have them in a flat type display, I would like to see some wrap around.
One question I have is regarding the layout of the monitors. Can you choose your own layout, or are you confined to 2 high and 3 wide?

Give it @ 24-36 months.. they are coming...
From this post a few years ago (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/23110283/m/3771059314?r=3771059314#3771059314) it seems the LED TVs are right on time..

I always thought 3H2G was chinty anyway.. I'd rather have a bigger screen with a TIR than 3H2G .... The lines look cheesy as all get out and seeing IL2 on a 3H2G setup always looked silly to me with the wings at that wierd angle.. Instead of buying 3 xx" monitors I would rather just have one big one.

09-14-2009, 03:22 PM
Originally posted by Bearcat99:seeing IL2 on a 3H2G setup always looked silly to me with the wings at that wierd angle.

Actually, all those pics you've seen are with the monitors on the outside flattened out some so you can see it in the photo, in use those outside two monitors would be at a sharper angle and you'd sit a little closer to the screens than the pictures are taken so the outside two screens with the wings would be in your peripheral vision and the wings would look more normal to you. Besides, your main focus would still be on the center screen, the others would just provide an emersive peripheral view.

09-14-2009, 03:40 PM
Originally posted by Stiletto-:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/...Item=N82E16824254025 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824254025)

I was skeptical but then I saw the magic words - "Simulated Woodgrain" - Hmmm tasty. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

09-14-2009, 04:38 PM
Oh man, I didnt see that part about the woodgrain, hahaha.

09-14-2009, 06:17 PM
I have my doubts if IL2 can even support something like this. Heck, it doesent even support wide screen format!!!!

09-14-2009, 08:54 PM
Wouldn't it be better to save your money and just go with a large screen full HD TV/monitor say 50 inch?

09-14-2009, 10:16 PM
If you can put a 50 inch tv 2 feet away from your face, I would say then yes that would be a more cost effective deal. Especially if you are on the market for a new tv anyways, its worth trying it out with IL2 and all your other first person games.

You sit close enough to a large tv with a large FOV setting, it will ingulf your perephrial vision. 1080p might not look as nearly as good that close, but it should still be sufficient. I plan to get an Obutto soon and plop it in front of my tv and see how it works.

09-15-2009, 11:04 AM
Originally posted by Gibbage1:
I have my doubts if IL2 can even support something like this. Heck, it doesent even support wide screen format!!!!


Also How to get IL246 running in widescreen (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/49310655/m/7111009546)